Water Resources Research Act Program

Details for Project ID 2019MI137B

Online drought forecast dissemination system

Institute: Michigan
Year Established: 2019 Start Date: 2019-05-31 End Date: 2020-05-30
Total Federal Funds: $15,559 Total Non-Federal Funds: $16,772

Principal Investigators: Glenn O'Neil

Abstract: In the fourth, and most recent, National Climate Assessment from the U.S. Global Change Research Program, drought frequency and severity are projected to increase in the coming years due to our changing climate. This will have significant impacts on large swaths of the country (the southwest and southern plains, most specifically) and affect range of industries from agriculture, to power generation, to drinking water. Though the online U.S. Drought Monitor produces regular analyses of current drought conditions and provides access to historical analyses, it cannot provide stakeholders with the long-range forecasts of drought conditions that could help them strategize and more efficiently manage their water resources.